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bawdry

[baw-dree] /ˈbɔ dri/
noun
1.
Archaic. lewdness; obscenity; bawdiness.
2.
Obsolete.
  1. the business of a prostitute.
  2. illicit intercourse; fornication.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English bawdery. See bawd, -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for bawdry

bawdry

/ˈbɔːdrɪ/
noun
1.
(archaic) obscene talk or language
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Word Origin and History for bawdry
n.

"obscenity," late 14c., probably from Old French bauderie "boldness, ardor, elation, pride" (see bawd).

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